Kijk, ik spreek illegaals! Taal en taalnamen in de hedendaagse stadKijk, ik spreek illegaals! Taal en taalnamen in de hedendaagse stad
Faculty of Arts. Linguistics and Literature
Antwerp Center for Pragmatics (IPrA Research Center)
Internationale neerlandistiek / Internationale Vereniging voor Neerlandistiek. - Amsterdam, 2008, currens
52(2014):3, p. 201-219
University of Antwerp
Despite the fact that linguistic contact phenomena have been observed in various cities across the Netherlands and Flanders, it may be imprudent to label these phenomena with names such as Murks, straattaal and recently Illegaals. We argue that these labels, in particular Illegaals, so far have functioned as floating signifiers that are variably attributed to a wide range of different linguistic targets such as imitations of accented Dutch, learner Dutch or even competent fluent Dutch. We suggest that these signifiers do not so much hint at the existence of new separate urban varieties of language, but rather offer clues for how speakers navigate linguistic complexity and difference in contemporary cities, and what language use may come to be seen as normal, attractive and worth pursuing in the future.